WASHINGTON, May 27, 2014 – Last Friday, Elliot Rodger committed a horrifying mass murder. Yet somehow, this is the fault of the NRA.
Richard Martinez is the father of one of the victims. His son, Chris Martinez, was shot by Rodger. Richard Martinez held a press conference where he immediately politicized his son’s death by blaming the NRA.
The senior Martinez, losing his child, is understandably heartbroken and he simply wants to blame the NRA.
However, it is difficult to understand how reducing American’s Second Amendment rights would somehow stop unconscionable murders.
Americans are told that magazine round limits and background checks would stop mass murders.
Yet all of those were in place and they did not stop Elliot Rodger. When Elliot Rodger first began his rampage, he used a hammer and a knife to kill three men. Then he used three 9MM handguns to kill two women and Chris Martinez. All of those guns were legally purchased. All three guns had ten round magazines.
More importantly, Rodger’s rampage shows that it really would not have mattered if there was a complete weapons ban and Rodger’s could not have obtained a handgun; he still would have gone on a rampage. Rodger stabbed three men to death and ran down at least two others on bikes with his car.
In other words, gun control or the absence of guns would not have stopped Elliot Rodger. Rodger would have done as he did, and simply used other tools to commit his crimes.
Sadly the left immediately jumped on this as an excuse to curb the Second Amendment. Senator Richard Blumenthal immediately called for even more gun control. Perhaps someone should point out to Blumenthal that until he started shooting, Rodger complied with all of the gun control laws.
Criminals don’t care about laws. Criminals with guns do not buy them legally. When someone is planning homicide, gun laws are a minor distraction. When someone is killing as a result of mental illness, which we can all agree Rodger suffered from, gun laws won’t stop them either.
In the Virginia area, for example, someone who wants to harm, kill, other people is using bottle bombs (Another bottle bomb device explodes at AMC Tysons movie theater
California has among the most draconian gun control laws in the country. The University of California Santa Barbara is a gun free zone. None of that stopped a killer. Gun free zones don’t stop criminals. Recently, conservatives have been joking about a Jack in the Box restaurant that posted it was a gun free zone. Within a one month period, the restaurant was robbed at gun point three times.
The pathology of these mass murders is shockingly similar. There is a young man who has a long history of mental illness. The young man is involved in violent video games. Most of the time he is either left of center or at the least comes from a family that is left of center. These young men choose a place or places for their murder sprees that are gun free zones. None of these murder sprees happen in a Walmart in Texas or Arizona where probably half the people in the store are carrying guns.
For decades, America has listened to the left on this issue. None of the gun control measures the left has proposed over the last decades have worked. In fact, they have failed. It is impossible to remove all the guns from the United States – that will only serve to remove all the guns law abiding citizens own.
There is a reason these mass shootings are not happening in open carry states.
If banning guns and more gun laws would really stop our children from dying, and save parents like Mr. Martinez and the others who lost children to a madman, his heartbreak, erasing the Second Amendment and laws on books would be widely accepted.
But it won’t.
We need to stop blaming policy for senseless murders. We need to put the blame where it belongs. On those that would senselessly kill. Whether they are using a gun, a car, a knife, a bomb or their bare hands.
How many times must this policy fail before we say no? How many people must die before certain parts of society stop looking to laws to stop the lawless.